October 20, 2021

MAVERICK MAPPER: Tales from South Africa’s Heartland: Saturday night follies at the Karroo Theatrical Hotel

Chugging along a dirt road up to the gates of the Karroo Theatrical Hotel outside Steytlerville in the Eastern Cape makes you wish you were at the wheel of a 1930s gangster getaway car instead of a dusty old bakkie. Even the intercom ritual at the gate smacks of a scene from The Great Gatsby: “Hi, this is Mark.” “Jules and Chris from Karoo Space.” The golden cherubs on the gateposts look down with enigmatic smiles. They will not reveal th…

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